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Table 15-7 shows Thinking Space and other note-taking options for Android.

Table 15-7. Note Taking

App Name

Price

Notes

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ColorNote Notepad Free Notes, by Notes

This is a virtual sticky note app for your phone. Take quick, color-coded notes or make simple to-do lists.

This is a virtual sticky note app for your phone. Take quick, color-coded notes or make simple to-do lists.

Notebook, by Free/£.99 This note-taking app uses an old-

Darkgreener (about $1.55) fashioned book font for a more formal feel, but it also has some nice features. The full version allows e-mail import and password protection.

Mind Map Memo, by Takahicorp

Free/¥180 This is a simple mind mapping app. The (about $2.08) paid version provides a few additional features like extra node options.

Thinking Space, by Charlie Chilton

Free

Thinking Space is a full-featured mind mapping tool that offers a lot of customization options.

E-mail Management

I discussed e-mail in an earlier chapter. Android has very capable native options for email, but in the corporate world you may need more than what comes in the Android box. If your device is running Android 2.2 and beyond, you may not have as much of a pressing need for a separate Exchange e-mail app, but TouchDown (Figure 15-7) will still be very helpful if you do. It's also an option if you want to keep a strict wall between your work and private e-mail and calendar space, since TouchDown's calendar does not sync with Google Calendar.

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Table 1S-B shows some e-mail management apps.

Table 15-8. E-mail Management

App Name

Price

Notes

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Exchange by Free Also see "Exchange for Android" for

TouchDown, by trial/$19.95 Android 2.0 and 2.1 devices. NitroDesk TouchDown supports security policies and ActiveSync. You can also specify times to turn off push notifications. TouchDown also comes with a variety of widgets. It does not merge your Gmail and Exchange calendars or tasks. After the trial expires, you can still use some but not all features.

RoadSync 2.0, by DataViz

Free trial/$9.95

Gmail Speech Alert Trial, by Webcipe

Free/$2.99

SpamDrain, by SpamDrain

$30 per year

This offers similar features to TouchDown. After the trial expires, the product is disabled.

This is a text-to-speech app for your Gmail messages. It also supports Bluetooth, but it does not currently support Android 2.2.

SpamDrain is a web-based spam-filtering service. All filtered messages are still available via the web site, and messages not marked as spam are delivered to your inbox. The app comes with a 30-day trial.

To-Do Lists

You can use a widget bookmark for Google Tasks, but it's easier and more efficient to use a dedicated app. Google didn't write it, but gTasks ToDo (Figure 15-8) syncs with Google and gives it Android app power with an easier user interface. If you use the Pure Calendar widget, you can display gTasks to-do items as part of the widget.

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Figure 15-8. gTasks to-do list

Table 15-9 shows gTasks and other to-do apps.

Table 15-9. To-Do Lists

App Name

Price

Notes

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Astrid Task/Todo List, by Todoroo

Got To Do Lite, by Slamjibe Software

Free

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Provides online and offline Google Task syncing. This feels like the missing app Google should have created. There is a paid version of the app that includes autosyncing, but it is not sold through the Android Market.

Astrid is an open source task management tool that syncs with Remember the Milk. It's a solid choice for anyone that doesn't need Google Task syncing.

This app is based on the "Getting Things Done" system (created by David Allen).

Astrid is an open source task management tool that syncs with Remember the Milk. It's a solid choice for anyone that doesn't need Google Task syncing.

Expenses and Finance

I hate tracking expenses, but it's a necessary evil. I was very happy to learn about web-based services like Expensify and Mint.com (Figure 15-9) that would handle most of the data entry for me and let me just see the results.

For personal finances, Mint is my favorite. You must have a Mint.com account to use the app, but it keeps easy track of your accounts, portfolio, and budget, and sends you email or text alerts for events you specify, such as when you are charged a banking fee, when you make a large purchase, and when your bills are due.

Figure 15-9. Mint

Table 15-10 shows some of my favorite finance apps.

Table 15-10. Expenses and Finance

App Name

Price

Notes

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Mint.com Personal Finance, by Intuit

Free

Expensify Expense Reports, by Expensify

Free trial/$4.95

You must have a Mint.com account. Both the service and the app are free. Mint.com makes its money through sponsored offers for credit cards and other financial services.

Expensify is a web-based service for creating expense reports "that don't suck." Most transactions come directly from your credit card as you charge them, but this app is used for entering cash transactions and taking photos of other receipts that are not automatically entered. More information is available at www.expensify.com.

You must have a Mint.com account. Both the service and the app are free. Mint.com makes its money through sponsored offers for credit cards and other financial

Personal Assistant, by Pageonce

Free/$7.00

Finance, by Google Free

Personal Assistant combines bank and credit card management with travel itineraries, frequent flyer mileage, phone minutes, Netflix, and portfolio management.

This is Google's official app for Google Finance. It offers multiple-portfolio support and stock quotes.

This is Google's official app for Google Finance. It offers multiple-portfolio support and stock quotes.

Travel

If you have to travel for work, you'll appreciate travel apps that track your mileage, give you your schedule (Figure 15-10), help you find places to eat, and make sure you don't say anything embarrassing to the locals. Google Maps comes with the default Android installation and includes public transportation directions when available, but there are third-party apps for specific cities available, so don't forget to search the market before you travel. Google Maps for Android also includes the Places icon, which allows you to browse nearby locations by category.

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Figure 15-10. TripIt

My favorite travel app, aside from the preinstalled Google Maps, is TripIt (Figure 15-10). It allows you to see your itinerary and share it with close contacts while providing general information to professional contacts or the public in general. TripIt can also be tied in with LinkedIn and Facebook.

Table 15-11 shows TripIt and some other travel app options.

Table 15-11. Travel

App Name

Price

Notes

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TripIt Travel Organizer, by TripIt

Free TripIt is a web-based service that tracks your travel itinerary and mileage. The phone app gives you your flight schedule and appointment information on your phone.

Topo Maps Lite, Free/$3.99 This app provides offline road and by Trailbehind topographic maps for times when you're traveling out of cell tower range. It's aimed at outdoor sports, but it's still very useful for traveling to rural areas.

Geodelic, by Geodelic Systems

Free This is also known as Sherpa on some phones. Geodelic finds nearby restaurants, cafes, attractions, and so on. You can browse by category of food or distance.

Google Translate, by Google

Free This is Google's official app for Google

Translate. Not only does it translate text to and from over 50 languages, it also has an audio pronunciation guide.

Summary

Android offers a surprising amount of very useful apps for general business use, and the amount of offerings is growing at a phenomenal pace. There's a fantastic selection to make travel, task management, communication, and presentation easier. In the next chapter, we'll look at some more specialized apps for professionals.

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